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The Shepherd of the Hills (1941)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 18 July 1941 (USA)
A mysterious stranger arrives in the Missouri hills and befriends a young backwoods girl. Much to the dislike of her moonshiner fiancé who has vowed to find and kill his own father.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Harold Bell Wright (novel), Grover Jones (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Young Matt Matthews
Betty Field ... Sammy Lane
Harry Carey ... Daniel Howitt
Beulah Bondi ... Aunt Mollie Matthews
James Barton ... Old Matt Matthews
Samuel S. Hinds ... Andy Beeler
Marjorie Main ... Granny Becky
Ward Bond ... Wash Gibbs
Marc Lawrence ... Pete Matthews
John Qualen ... Coot Royal
Fuzzy Knight ... Mr. Palestrom
Tom Fadden ... Jim Lane
Olin Howland ... Corky
Dorothy Adams ... Elvy
Virita Campbell ... Baby
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Young Matt Masters, an Ozark Mountains moonshiner, hates the father he has never seen, who apparently deserted Matt's mother and left her to die. His obsession contributes to the hatred rampant in the mountains. However, the arrival of a stranger, Daniel Howitt, begins to positively affect the mountain people, who learn to shed their hatred under his gentle influence. Still, Matt does not quite trust Howitt..... Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Paramount brings back Harold Bell Wright's beloved drama of the human heart (1955 re-release) See more »


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Trivia

John Wayne's first film in Technicolor. See more »

Goofs

When Matt opens the door to Daniel, who is calling on his family to make a down payment on the land (around 65 minutes), the door has three large vertical wooden panels. A moment later huge vertical chunks are missing with a different framework only to, just as suddenly, reappear. See more »

Quotes

Young Matt: The bigger the man, the deeper the imprint. And when he's in love, he suffers knowing it's a dead end.
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Connections

Referenced in Cinema Paradiso (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiegenlied
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Music by Johannes Brahms
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The trail of the lonesome man
17 November 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This is an overlooked John Wayne movie ,as well as an overlooked Hathaway's -who in his long career produced more great or good movies than wretched ones :"Peter Ibbetson" is one of the most beautiful romantic movies I know,"lives of a Bengal lancer is adventures movie quintessence and "Niagara" remains one of Marilyn Monroe's best films ,to name but three.

John Wayne is cast against type in "the shepherd" ;he is not really the he-man but a frail human being ,born under a bad sign , with a curse hanging over him .The characters and the atmosphere are not unlike those of "the trail of the lonesome pine" which Hathaway made five years earlier ,with the same wonderful color.

Some scenes are admirable:when Wayne 's old man enters the room of the old home,he feels a presence in the room : the furniture, the things ,everything reminds him of the woman he's never stopped loving (he is as romantic as Peter Ibbetson!).Another memorable scene shows the old man and his son fishing in the river :watch closely and you'll hear a ravaged tale ;the gentler side of the movie hides real fury (and Hathaway does not indulge himself a flashback of the stormy fateful night).

Actually,John Wayne 's character is not so much bitter as wistful and it's one of the actors' best performances;but it's all the cast that should be praised .Add it to your Hathaway list.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1941 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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